Born: Au­gust 6, 1809, So­mers­by, Lin­coln­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Oc­to­ber 6, 1892, Ald­worth House, near Ha­sle­mere, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Buried: Poets’ Cor­ner, West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Caricature from
Vanity Fair, 22 July 1871

Tennyson was one of the best known Eng­lish poets of the 19th Cen­tury. Here’s one of his ef­forts we par­ti­cul­ar­ly like:

Pray for My Soul

More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.

Alfred Tennyson
Idylls of the King, 1859–85